Bill Resnick reviews the players in current events, including the fundamentalist ISIS and secular Baathists, united for the moment against the corrupt Maliki government, but unlikely to remain united; he considers the questions of regional partition and resource control; and he touches on the seeming futility of Western left activism on this in the short term, and the importance of pursuing the long term struggle for global social change.
9:58 minutes (4.57 MB)
Joseph DeFilippis, a founder of Queers for Economic Justice and drafter of the Beyond Same-Sex Marriage Statement, talks with Bill Resnick about the limits of the marriage-equality movement and what comes next. He notes the inadequacy of marriage as a legal frame for diverse families; the benefits of civil unions and domestic partnerships for straight as well as queer families and the loss of these options as same-sex marriage laws pass; and the problem of linking so many legal rights to marriage. 18:31 minutes (8.48 MB)
Julie Wu's parents emmigrated from Taiwan around the time of the 1949 Chinese revolution. In her latest novel, called "The Third Son", Ms. Wu talks about how her book coincided with the birth of her first child and a determination to truly hear her father's story for the first time.
28:37 minutes (26.2 MB)
On the one-year anniversary of first news reports based on the disclosures of former defense contractor Edward Snowden, KBOO spoke with Norman Solomon, the director of the Insitute for Public Accuracy, about the current state of legal protection for whistleblowers in the defense and intelligence communities, as well as the Institute's new website, ExposeFacts.org, where whistleblowers can safely and confidentially convey their information to journalists. 15:08 minutes (13.85 MB)
There's increasing discussion and controversy over urban "infill" in Portland: the construction of usually block-like apartment complexes in residential neighborhoods, sometimes replacing existing houses, which are torn down. This often displaces existing renters, increases neighborhood parking problems, and doesn't necessarily solve Portland's housing problems (certainly not for houseless people...).
The local press has been increasingly looking at this issue:
Tanks, troops, jets: NATO countries launch full-scale war games in Baltic 09 Jun 2014 A major military exercise kicked off in Latvia, with 10 NATO member countries participating. The war games involve 4,700 troops and 800 military vehicles. Russia sees NATO's military build-up as a sign of aggression. The Saber Strike ground forces exercise is being conducted for the fourth time this year and coincides with Baltic Host 2014 and Baltops 2014 naval drills. Troops from the US, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway and the UK are taking part. 14:23 minutes (13.17 MB)
Frann Michel hosts this episode, with music from The Clash, and discussions of military violence, economic stagnation, racism and classism in housing, and the struggle for the rights of the incarcerated.